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Saban Films Turns 5: How the Indie Studio Grew While Rivals Faltered

  • Variety
Saban Films doesn’t make the most noise. It doesn’t have the splashiest premieres or parties. But the indie film label just quietly did what many of its early rival failed to pull off. It celebrated its fifth anniversary at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“We stuck to our plan,” Saban Films founder Bill Bromiley told Variety. “Sometimes it was tough seeing our competitors pick up a big movie or pay a lot of money on an awards race. They had all the hype and we were the guys who were sort of in the background.”

Flying a little under the radar served Bromiley and his team well. Saban Films launched in 2014, the same year that Broad Green, an indie label backed by Wall Street multi-millionaire Gabriel Hammond, opened for business. It found itself in competition for films with the likes of Relativity Media, the Orchard, the Weinstein Company,
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Hilary Swank Returns to Sci-Fi in I Am Mother

Don Kaye Jun 10, 2019

The Oscar-winning actress plays a mysterious character in Netflix’s new post-apocalyptic thriller.

The last time that Hilary Swank starred in a science fiction movie was 2003, when she played one of a team of scientists who drill deep into the Earth’s crust to save the planet in the rather out-to-lunch The Core. She’s back underground in I Am Mother, a decidedly more serious story in which she plays a mysterious character known only as Woman. Swank’s enigmatic interloper comes between a young girl named Daughter (Clara Rugaard) and an AI called Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne) when the girl lets Woman into the bunker in which she has been raised by Mother from an embryo.

The bunker, it turns out, is a repository for thousands of such embryos, stored there to restart the human race in the wake of an unknown global catastrophe. But
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Come To Daddy Acquired by Saban Films for Us Distribution

A potential bonding opportunity between estranged father (Stephen McHattie) and son (Elijah Wood) takes a demented turn when some surprise visitors show up in Ant Timpson's feature-length directorial debut, Come to Daddy. Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and ahead of its screening at the Overlook Film Festival, Come to Daddy has been acquired by Saban Films for Us distribution.

A theatrical release for Come to Daddy is being planned, but an exact release date has yet to be announced. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are revealed.

In the meantime, we have the full press release and previously released clip below, and in case you missed it, read Heather's Tribeca interview with Timpson and Wood.

From the Press Release: Los Angeles – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired Us rights to producer Ant Timpson’s directorial debut Come to Daddy,
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Saban Films Buys Helen Hunt Thriller ‘I See You’

  • Variety
Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Adam Randall’s thriller “I See You” with Helen Hunt.

The film co-stars Jon Tenney (“Legion”) and had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. “I See You” unfolds in an idyllic town. The peace in the community is shattered after a teenage boy goes missing. The lead investigator in the case pieces together clues while trying to find a way to forgive his wife for a recent infidelity.

The film is written by Devon Graye. “I See You” is a Zodiac Features Production presented by Bankside Films in association with Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology and Kreo Films and in association with Quickfire Films and Zodiac Holdings. Matt Waldeck produces for Zodiac Features, while Ben Hecht serves as executive producer for Zodiac, alongside Stephen Kelliher for Bankside Films, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films and
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Cannes Comes to Mubi for a Cinematic Takeover. Here the Asian Highlights

Leading curated streaming platform Mubi announced today its May release slate of films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. The Cannes Film Festival, quite rightly, dominates next month’s line-up, with a new Cannes Official Selection each day for the duration of the festival. Mubi’s cream of the Croisette features such past festival favorites as: Lars von Trier’s controversial Antichrist, Cristi Puiu’s seminal Romanian New Wave classic The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, Cristian Mungiu’s groundbreaking and harrowing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s game-changer Amores Perros, and the 2007 Grand Prize winner, The Kid with a Bike, from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Cannes Takeover

Mubi’s 2019 Cannes Takeover is a force to be reckoned with. While the best of international cinema graces the famed Croisette, Mubi will present an impressive selection of 12 films from the festival’s
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‘The Wind’ Film Review: Striking Feminist Horror-Western Undercuts Its Own Power

  • The Wrap
‘The Wind’ Film Review: Striking Feminist Horror-Western Undercuts Its Own Power
The gloomy isolation of homemaking females has long been a significant topic across various genres in cinema, depicted in domestic dramas like Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman” and in psychodramas like Todd Haynes’ “Safe.” With her debut feature “The Wind,” a psychedelic yet baggy period-horror film, director Emma Tammi assertively carries this female-focused subject matter over to one of the most masculine of genres, the Western, with technical panache yet mixed dramatic results.

A respectable addition to the growing group of female-led Westerns of recent vintage — including “Meek’s Cutoff,” “The Homesman” and “Jane Got a Gun” — Tammi’s supernatural thriller unearths claustrophobic fears amid vast, deserted landscapes and attempts to portray symbolically the multitude of forces, otherworldly and otherwise, that aim to paralyze abandoned women. It’s a compelling package substantiated by dedicated performances and top-notch below-the-line craftwork, yet sadly bogged down by a disorderly narrative structure that works
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Composer Marco Beltrami to Be Honored by Ghent Film Festival (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Composer Marco Beltrami to Be Honored by Ghent Film Festival (Exclusive)
American composer Marco Beltrami will be the guest of honor at the World Soundtrack Awards, part of the Ghent Film Festival, on Oct. 18 in Belgium.

Beltrami, a two-time Oscar nominee (for “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Hurt Locker”), recently scored the horror hit “A Quiet Place” and the Oscar winner for Best Documentary “Free Solo.” Music from both will be performed in a concert by the Brussels Philharmonic.

Festival music director Dirk Brossé, who will conduct, called Beltrami “an all-around composer whose music moves within the most diverse musical styles and genres. Dedicating considerable attention to melody and obsessed by rhythms, Marco offers a rich palette of both acoustic and electronic colors.”

The Ghent Film Festival runs from October 8 to 18 this year. It is widely considered one of the world’s leading events devoted primarily to film music; past concerts have featured such leading composers as Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone,
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Saban Films Buys ‘Mob Town’ With David Arquette (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Danny A. Abeckaser’s “Mob Town,” a drama with “Scream” star David Arquette.

The film follows local trooper Ed Croswell (Arquette) as he foils a mafia summit in the rural town of Apalachin, New York and exposes the mob’s brutal tactics to the wider world. The cast also includes Jennifer Esposito (“Crash”) Robert Davi (“Die Hard”), Pj Byrne (“Big Little Lies”) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”). “Mob Town” was written by Jon Carlo and Joe Gilford, and is produced by Abeckaser’s 2B Films. The film will be released this summer.

Saban Films negotiated the deal along with Bleiberg Entertainment on behalf of filmmakers.

The indie distributor’s upcoming titles include “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” starring Hilary Duff; Derrick Borte’s “American Dreamer” starring Jim Gaffigan; “The Professor” starring Johnny Depp; and “A Vigilante” starring Olivia Wilde. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival,
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Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s Tone-deaf

Ahead of its premiere at SXSW later this month, Saban Films announced that they've acquired North American rights to Tone-Deaf, from Excision, Suburban Gothic, and Trash Fire director Richard Bates Jr.

Los Angeles – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s horror thriller Tone-Deaf. The film stars Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew, and is produced by Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis, Brad Mendelsohn and Matt Smith, and Best Medicine ProductionsBrion Hambel and Paul Jensen. Tone-Deaf will make its World Premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Tone-Deaf follows millennial Olive (Crew) who, after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, leaves the city for a weekend of peace in the country, only to discover the shockingly dark underbelly of rural America. She rents an eccentric, ornate country house from Harvey (Patrick), an old-fashioned widower who's struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies.
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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Goes to Saban Films, All-Star Cast Teased

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kevin Smith's highly-anticipated Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jason Mewes and Smith are reprising the lead roles, alongside a number of returning players from the star-studded cast of the original movie, as well as a fresh new crop of cameos from the worlds of movies, TV, music and podcasting. Saban Films has committed to a substantial theatrical release. Jordan Monsanto of Smodco is producing alongside Destro Film's Liz Destro. Production is currently underway.

Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) were first introduced 25 years ago in Smith's directorial debut, Clerks. The unlikely stoner icons have subsequently appeared in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II, as well as the animated film Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. The new movie will skewer reboots,
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10 Movie Stars You May Not Realize Did Westerns, From Brad Pitt to Jake Gyllenhaal (Photos)

  • The Wrap
10 Movie Stars You May Not Realize Did Westerns, From Brad Pitt to Jake Gyllenhaal (Photos)
It’s been over half a century since gun-slinging, hi-de-ho westerns dominated the box office, when names like John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Clint Eastwood rolled off the tongue. In 2018, tumbleweeds slowly crawling across a deserted street are few and far between. Don’t get it twisted, though, westerns are no where near extinct. Some of your favorite stars have been recently seen polishing their revolvers in hot pursuit of money, power and revenge, including in this weekend’s “Ballad of Buster Scuggs” and next month’s “The Sisters Brothers.”

In honor of the 21st century takes on a classic genre, TheWrap takes a look at 10 stars you may be surprised dawned the proverbial ten-gallon hat.

Brad Pitt

In between Pitt’s performances in “Interview with a Vampire” and “Seven” was 1994’s western drama “Legends of the Fall.” The film saw Pitt play a World War I soldier who returns
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First Look at Hilary Duff in The Haunting of Sharon Tate

First Look at Hilary Duff in The Haunting of Sharon Tate
The 50th anniversary of the Sharon Tate murders happens next year, and there is more interest in the heinous crime than ever before. Most attention has been placed on Quentin Tarantino's upcoming epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will use the Tate murder as a wraparound for its 60s set story. But there is another Sharon Tate movie coming, and today we have a first look at this true crime psychological thriller.

The Haunting of Sharon Tate stars former Disney princess Hilary Duff in the title role. And she has already been lambasted by Sharon Tate's sister over the movie. It's Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate in Tarantino's film, which has garnered less vitriol from the Tate family. A first look photo shows what Duff has in store while embedding the character.

Saban Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights from Voltage Pictures
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Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to lead Suicide Tourist

Variety is reporting that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) has signed on to lead the cast of Suicide Tourist, a romantic mystery drama which is shooting now under Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby (When Animals Dream).

Suicide Tourist follows Max, an insurance claims adjuster whose investigation into a man’s disappearance leads him to a uniquely secretive hotel which offers its guests elaborate assistance in fulfilling their fantasy suicides. Caught in his own existential crisis, Max soon begins to question his perception of reality and wonders if death is the only way out of the hotel.

“[I’m excited to be] working on a truly original, thrilling and moving love story,” said Coster-Waldau. “We are halfway through the shoot, and my enthusiasm has only increased seeing the set design, the work by our Dp Niels [Thastum] and my fellow actors.”

In addition to Coster-Waldau, the film also stars Tuva Novotny (Annihilation), Sobjørg Højfeldt (Ride Upon the Storm
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” heads a distinguished European cast in “Suicide Tourist,” a mystery drama with romantic elements from Copenhagen-based Snowglobe, whose production credits include “Thelma,” “The Untamed” and “Birds of a Passage.”

Described by Snowglobe in a statement as its most ambitious film to date, “Suicide Tourist” marks Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby’s follow-up to his breakout debut “When Animals Dream,” which played in Cannes Critics’ Week and sold to Radius for the U.S. and to another score of territories. Paris-based Charades has acquired world sales rights to “Suicide Tourist” and will introduce the title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

Coster-Waldau stars opposite Sweden’s Tuva Novotny, co-star of international productions such as “Borg vs. McEnroe” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.”

Arnby’s “When Animals Dream” proved catnip to distributors because of its director-driven
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Chloë Sevigny Channels ‘Lizzie’; ‘American Chaos’, ‘Bel Canto’ Join Weekend –  Specialty B.O. Preview

  • Deadline
Following a late summer trickle of new Specialties, distributors are releasing a torrent of limited releases just as the Toronto Film Festival heads into its finale this weekend. Roadside Attractions/Saban Films have teamed on psychological thriller Lizzie with Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart based on the famous New England murder of the 1890s; the film opens in New York and L.A. before going to the top 50 markets next weekend. Producer-director Jim Stern launches his documentary American Chaos, spotlighting the 2016 presidential election, via Sony Pictures Classics. Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe star in Bel Canto, based on a novel of the same title by Ann Patchett. The general election also forms the backdrop to romance A Boy. A Girl. A Dream from Samuel Goldwyn Films, which hits five dozen theaters Friday. Sundance and SXSW favorite Science Fair begins its theatrical run via National Geographic Documentary Films. And Cranked Up Films,
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Apple Orders Emily Dickinson Series With Hailee Steinfeld Set to Star

  • Variety
Apple has given a straight-to-series order to a half-hour series about acclaimed 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, Variety has learned.

Hailee Steinfeld will star in the title role. The series is described as a comedic look into Dickinson’s world, exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view.

Alena Smith serves as writer and executive producer, with David Gordon Green attached to direct and executive produce. Anonymous Content’s Alex Goldstone will executive produce along with Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta via Sugar23 Productions and Darlene Hunt. The series is produced by Paul Lee’s wiip, Anonymous Content, and Sugar23.

“Dickinson” will mark Steinfeld’s first regular role on a television series. The actress burst onto the scene at just 14 years old with her Oscar-nominated performance in the
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Saban Films Acquires Us Rights to Supernatural Thriller Between Worlds, Starring Nicolas Cage

It wasn’t too long ago that news broke out of Sundance that Saban Films had acquired Lizzie, and now the company has obtained the Us distribution rights to a new supernatural thriller starring Nicolas Cage called Between Worlds.

Press Release: Los Angeles – Saban Films, who has been one of the most active U.S. distributors on the Croisette this week, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer/director Maria Pulera’s supernatural thriller Between Worlds which stars Nicolas Cage, Penelope Mitchell, Franka Potente, and Hopper Penn. Eric Banoun and David Hillary produced alongside Pulera via their company Rise Up, LLC. Saban Films is planning a day-and-date theatrical/VOD release.

Between Worlds follows Joe (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child. He meets Julie (Potente) a spiritually gifted woman who enlists Joe in a desperate effort to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter,
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Horror Highlights: Happy Death Day 2 and Omaze, Revenge Trailer, Keepers, Chilling Tales For Dark Nights Audiobooks

Want to score a walk-on role in Happy Death Day 2? Omaze has got you covered with a nightmare-induced Happy Death Day experience. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new trailer for Revenge, Keepers finds a home at Saban Films, and Chilling Tales For Dark Nights audiobook from BabblePress.

Omaze Presents A Happy Death Experience: "On the heels of announcements confirming Happy Death Day 2, the cast has teamed up with Omaze to offer fans the chance to live their own death day nightmare, by scoring a walk-on role in the sequel. In addition, being an extra in the highly-anticipated film, the winner will also get to bring a friend on a ghost tour with lead actress Jessica Rothe and director Christopher Landon. Flights and hotels are all covered.

Horror movie fans can enter for the chance to win this dream experience with $10 donations by visiting www.omaze.com/death.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’: A look back at her 19th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’: A look back at her 19th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 19 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

After scoring her 18th Oscar nomination with “August: Osage County” (2013), Meryl Streep lined up a trio of promising projects for the following year. That 19th nomination would, no doubt, be lurking around the corner.

First, there was “The Giver,” the long-awaited film adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s best-selling dystopian young adult novel. The project paired Streep with, for the first time, two Hollywood heavyweights – Oscar winner Jeff Bridges and Australian director Philip Noyce. A late summer release, “The Giver” mustered decent box office receipts but was resoundingly trashed by critics.

Garnering warm reviews but a chilly box office reception was Streep’s second 2014 release,
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Sundance 2018: Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Lizzie, Starring Chloë Sevigny & Kristen Stewart

  • DailyDead
Following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Lizzie, the period piece centered on suspected axe murderer Lizzie Borden, has been acquired by Saban Films for North American distribution.

Starring Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, and Kim Dickens, Lizzie was directed by Craig William Macneill, who helmed the Candle Cove first season of Channel Zero and 2015's The Boy.

Saban Films plans to team up with Roadside Attractions to bring Lizzie to theaters this summer, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are announced.

In case you missed it, check here for our previous live coverage of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, including the acquisition news for other genre films such as Assassination Nation and Revenge.

Press Release: Park City (January 25, 2018) – In a competitive situation, Saban Films has nabbed North American rights to Craig William Macneill’s Lizzie, starring Academy Award Nominee Chloë
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